In the mid-1980s, Mooji's sister, Dorothy 'Cherry' Groce, was shot dead by Metropolitan police officers during a raid on her home when they were looking for one of her sons. This death sparked the infamous Brixton Riots in the summer of 1985. The riots had a significant impact on the UK's future domestic policy towards policing. Following this trauma
, he met a Christian, which prompted him to pose some questions he had been feeling about his attitude to spirituality. Exploring this, the future spiritual leader continued to work as an art teacher before quitting in the early 1990s. This was when he decided to go to India to further his spiritual awakening. It was at this time that he met Papaji, an Indian sage, who helped to frame his spiritual outlook further while he attended Papaji's satsangs, or sacred meetings.